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Capillary Depth Gauge Repair

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Capillary Depth Gauge Repair

Postby SurfLung » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:42 pm

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- The capillary depth gauge on this pressure gauge had dried up, discolored, and shrunk. Thinking it was just tubing I could buy locally, I pretty much wrecked the old tube trying to get the plug out. I finally found the correct sized tubing online thru U.S. Plastic. It's 5/32" Outside diameter and 3/32" inside diameter... Fits in the groove perfectly. I made a new plug by mixing JB Weld and then sucking a little into the end like a straw. It SHOULD work as well as the original. These things were never all that easy to read but I'm at least glad to restore the appearance. The pressure gauge works perfectly.
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Re: Capillary Depth Gauge Repair

Postby Herman » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:32 pm

I have restored a lot of them. I get the tubing from McMaster, same size.
To plug the end, I use Aquaseal, squeese out a drop and suck it up into the tube about 1/8 inch. The key to making them work well is to get the ends of the tubing as close together and square as possible. If you have more than a very slight crack between the ends, it allows air bubble(s) to travel up the tube.
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Re: Capillary Depth Gauge Repair

Postby SurfLung » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:59 am

Thanks for the tip... Good thing I bought lots of tubing. I remember getting bubbles in it way back when I had a new wrist version in '72. I used to suck them out. On this one I got the ends touching but I cut a little V on the left tube end thinking to let the water in that way. I probably got too big of a hole...
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